Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Cosby's retrial likely no repeat

Opening statements set in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial Bill Cosby retrial: 'Goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable,' says topless protester
Ella Tate | 10 April, 2018, 20:28

Yet the three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with Constand, who now lives in Canada, are the only criminal charges to stick against Cosby.

Rochelle appeared on several episodes of The Cosby Show as a young actress, playing a friend of Keshia Knight Pulliam's character, Rudy.

The allegations against Cosby stretch back more than a decade, but the trial takes place in a cultural moment vastly different from the one in which the first trial took place a year ago.

But outside, several protesters were vocal about Cosby's guilt and their support of Constand, who will take the stand once again this month to testify that Cosby allegedly sexually assaulted her in 2004.

In one dramatic moment, Steele urged jurors to "listen to the testimony that she did not say 'yes'".

Cosby's first trial ended last June when a jury deadlocked on the charges. She was tackled to the ground and charged with disorderly conduct, if convicted she'll be fined and will pay court fees.

The particular complexity of this Cosby trial is that much of it pivots on the individual recollections of the parties involved; according to media reports there is no meaningful forensive evidence to be presented.

The amount that Cosby paid to Andrea Constand in a 2006 civil settlement had been confidential, but a judge ruled both sides could discuss it at the trial.

Opening statements could be delayed while O'Neill sorts out allegations raised late Friday that a juror was heard saying he thought Cosby was guilty.

One of those women is supermodel Janice Dickinson, who will say the comedian drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982 when she was 27 and he was 45.

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"Women's lives matter", yelled Nicolle Rochelle, 39, with "Cosby rapist", "women's lives matter" and the names of Cosby accusers written on her naked torso.

About a dozen other protesters also demonstrated outside the courthouse, an indication of how Cosby's profile has changed since he was one of America's most beloved entertainers.

At the first trial, references to the civil case were barred.

Judge Steven O'Neill announced that he would interview the juror who claims to have overheard the remark, behind closed doors.

Disgraced US megastar comedian Bill Cosby returns to trial Monday for alleged sexual assault, a tougher legal fight the second time around and the most high-profile criminal case so far in a #MeToo world.

"In honor of the first day of the Bill Cosby retrial, I went by the address where they filmed The Cosby Show exterior in New York City", Rochelle captioned the photo.

Comedian Bill Cosby returns to a Pennsylvania court on Monday for the start of his retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a one-time friend who had thought of him as a mentor, nearly a year after a jury reached a deadlock in the case. The defense team is now led by Tom Mesereau, who is most famous for successfully defending Michael Jackson in his child molestation trial.

The first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era begins on Monday in suburban Philadelphia with opening statements.

The current DA's immediate predecessor, Risa Vetri Ferman, took another look at the case in 2015 after the AP fought to unseal parts of Cosby's deposition testimony - including lurid passages about him giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with.

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